- A total of 64 matches will be played in a month’s time
- Every country to ever win the World Cup has qualified this time around
- 7 out the 12 venues being used boast new stadiums
- The last time Brazil hosted a World Cup was in 1950
- Tournament is expected to cost the Brazilian government $14 billion
- FIFA has projected a total of 3,334,524 match tickets for the tournament.
- The caxirola takes over from the vuvuzela as official instrument
After one has seen a grainy clip of Pele lobbing the ball with his right foot into the French goal in the 1958 World Cup, listened to crackling radio dispatches waxing about Garrincha’s dribbling at the 1962 Cup in Chile, and watched Socrates and Zico play a symphony with their feet in 1982, one enters the ‘Rite of Passage’ section at Sao Paulo’s Museum of Football, where the past comes alive in 3D and digital sounds. Inside the...